Yesterday, we looked at the words of Jesus, the all-knowing, omniscient Head of the Church. This is especially comforting to those who go through times of suffering, persecution and mistreatment by any that oppose God’s work. Such knowledge is not only comforting, but we know that in the final chapter of time, He will judge with divine accuracy.
There is another knowledge Jesus has that is very discomforting. Please read these words from His own lips:
““Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and cast out demons in Your name, and do many mighty works in Your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness’” (Matthew 7:21–23).
There is a huge gap between two major concepts. One is that persons who profess to know Jesus and even call Him by name base their knowledge on how they evaluate their “works.” This is extremely dangerous. The reports that Jesus gave the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3 were based on His perfect evaluation of what they had done, not their own grading.
The real grading scale is based on obedience to (doing) the Father’s will. The degree of our obedience to Scripture is the degree we accept its authority over us. James says; “be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (1:22). What will Jesus declare about your score?
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